ATLANTA -- Georgia State enters Week 3 of spring practice as the Panthers continue to work toward the April 13 Blue-White Spring Game.
The Panthers' annual Spring Game is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Georgia State Stadium and will be preceded by a free youth clinic on the field. Admission and parking are free.
Head coach Shawn Elliott enters his third season at Georgia State with six new assistant coaches on his staff, including offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Brad Glenn. Glenn comes to Atlanta after seven seasons at Western Carolina, and he previously worked on the same offensive staff with Elliott at Appalachian State.
"It's been a lot of install and a lot of new terminology and verbiage for these guys," Glenn said. "We're putting it in little by little, and they are picking up on it. We try to drill into their heads that it's going to be a process; they're not going to come out here and look smooth and sharp right off the bat. It takes time to learn it and perfect it. We just need to keep working each day, in the meeting room and on the practice field.
"They have to get to know me and how I coach and the flow of practice. And the tempo that play at," Glenn continued. "And I have to get to know them, what they can and can't do and what's the best way to use their skills."
Glenn has the luxury of a returning starter at quarterback in Dan Ellington, an All-Sun Belt Conference honoree who ranked third in the league in passing (192.6 ypg) and total offense (249.5 ypg) while accounting for 17 touchdowns. He was also the team’s leading rusher with 625 yards, the third-highest season total in GSU history, and five touchdowns.
"Dan is coming off a very successful year. Of course, he's learning a new system, but as far as his mechanics and skills and execution, he's right where you would expect to him to be," Glenn said.
The other new assistant coaches on offense are offensive line coach Thomas Austin, who joined the program from national champion Clemson, and running backs coach Jimmy Smith, two-time state championship coach at nearby Cedar Grove High School.
With Georgia State's special teams now coordinated by new inside linebackers coach Shiel Wood, another returning standout who has a new coach this season is All-Sun Belt punter-placekicker Brandon Wright. The redshirt senior from Atlanta set a conference record by averaging 48.2 yards per punt last season.
Wright is also working with a new long-snapper this spring, redshirt freshman Charlie Flint
"The whole operation depends on our chemistry, between snap-hold-kick or snap-to-punt," Wright said. "All that is pivotal, so we spend a lot of time perfecting that."
Week 3 of spring practice continues with workouts on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings at the GSU Practice Complex.